Benelux: Luxembourg

The highlights reel of the past year in the Luxembourg trademark space covers two main topics: the introduction of the EU Trademark Directive (2015/2436) and the appointment of Ragnar Gustafsson as the new director general of the Benelux Office for Intellectual Property (BOIP). While practitioners have been preoccupied with the harmonisation of the directive into national law, overall there is a feeling of optimism about the opportunities that these changes present. The removal of the graphical representation requirement for example, has opened the door for registering non-conventional trademarks. Meanwhile, Gustafsson’s appointment as director general is another step towards a more innovative Benelux trademark system, which promises to be the start of an exciting new era. The consistency of this year’s rankings in comparison to last year is a  reflection of stability in the Luxembourg market, with the same players continuing to dominate.

Firms

  • /c Law
  • Allen & Overy LLP
  • Arendt & Medernach
  • Decker & Braun
  • NautaDutilh
  • Wildgen

/c Law

With a clear focus on the Luxembourg market, /c Law offers a streamlined service, covering all IP, IT and data protection issues in microscopic detail. Comprising a six-strong team of experienced lawyers, the agile troupe are highly specialised and passionate about what they do; a combination that breeds success. The firm’s heartbeat is Claire Léonelli, who “seamlessly traverses the non-contentious/contentious divide, covering the whole spectrum of IP work. A sharp, strategic practitioner, Léonelli is a real player on the market.”

Allen & Overy LLP

Allen & Overy is accustomed to handling the portfolios of global industry leaders. Leading the way in innovation, this forward-thinking office strikes a delicate balance between legal knowledge, the use of technology and effective resourcing to provide clients with cost-effective and commercially tuned solutions. The team in Luxembourg also collaborates closely with its banking and regulatory lawyers, making it well-placed to assist both start-ups and more established players in the fintech market. The Luxembourg outfit is “friendly, approachable and its practitioners are at the top of their game”. Wearing the captain’s armband, Katia Manhaeve is head of a smooth operation. She “is a very good technical practitioner, who is firm but fair in the way that she assesses matters and is a thorough and conscientious practitioner”.

Arendt & Medernach

For Arendt & Medernach, the bigger the project the better. With vast IP experience, its practitioners are well placed to advise on any legal or regulatory issue that comes their way. Running the show, Sophie Wagner-Chartier and Astrid Wagner are names for the address book.

Decker & Braun

The team at Decker & Braun possess excellent knowledge of Luxembourg case law and really flex their muscles in IP litigation. The experienced Nicolas Decker “remains a prominent figure in the trademark space and has always been heavily involved in contentious IP cases in the region”. Following in her father’s footsteps, Marianne Decker is another pillar of the IP community: “a technically astute lawyer who staunchly defends the interests of her clients”.

NautaDutilh

When it comes to assisting global leaders across a spectrum of different sectors, the sharpshooting litigators at NautaDutilh know how to get the job done. With an ever-expanding client base, an innovative IP and technology law team, which has added a new associate, this troupe continues to go from strength to strength. Being able to work with its tax lawyers for trademark restructuring matters is another weapon in the firm’s armoury. The fulcrum around which the practice moves is IP all-rounder Vincent Wellens. “Wellens is an extremely experienced practitioner who knows the operations of domestic and European courts like the back of his hand. He is meticulous in the way that he handles cases; he cares a great deal about the details and it is often because of his awareness of the smallest details that he makes the biggest difference in cases.”

Wildgen

Wildgen is one of the more established players on the market and is renowned for its work in data, technology, media and telecommunication, and intellectual property, but also plays a strong hand in cybersecurity issues and is beginning to gain traction in the pharmaceutical field. The beating heart of the firm’s IP practice is Emmanuelle Ragot, “a truly accomplished professional who is lauded for her in-depth analysis of legal issues and meticulous nature of her work. She is a true asset for those she works with.”

Individuals

  • Marianne Decker - Decker & Braun
  • Nicolas Decker - Decker & Braun
  • Katia Manhaeve - Allen & Overy LLP
  • Claire Léonelli - /c Law
  • Emmanuelle Ragot - Wildgen
  • Vincent Wellens - NautaDutilh